Alfreton v Newport - Sunday 14:00
Graham Westley knows a thing or two about non-league football, having managed continuously at Conference level or below for more than a decade before he brought Stevenage into the Football League - and that heritage shows in the level of respect with which he treats the FA Cup. So expect resurgent Newport to be well-prepared for whatever Alfreton can throw at them here.
The former Peterborough boss hasn’t had had long to stamp his authority on the Exiles but a 3-1 away win at Accrington last weekend is a promising starter that points towards a quick turnaround in fortunes at Rodney Parade. In his last six FA Cup campaigns, Westley has reached the third round five times, two of those runs culmintaing in the fifth round.
So he obviously knows what it takes to motivate a team for knockout football and his success in recent times has been built on clean sheets. In 2011/12, his Stevenage side didn’t concede a goal for nearly eight hours - a run eventually ended by Jermain Defoe at White Hart Lane - while Posh progressed with three successive 2-0 wins last term.
Given that Alfreton have conceded at least two goals in 12 out of their 15 games at Level 6, it’s not unreasonable to believe the Welsh visitors can wrap this up in a thoroughly business-like manner. Split a point between the Newport 2-0 and Newport 3-0 correct scores at 11/1 and 17/1 respectively.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus